Genesis 2:20-23

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KJV

20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

RSV

20 The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh; 22 and the rib which the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,[a]
    because she was taken out of Man.”[b]

[a] Heb ishshah
[b] Heb ish

JPS Tanakh

20 And the man gave names to all the cattle and to the birds of the sky and to all the wild beasts; but for Adam no fitting helper was found. . . . 

NET Bible

21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and while he was asleep, he took part of the man’s side and closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the part he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

Robert Alter

21 And the LORD God cast a deep slumber on the human, and he slept, and He took on of his ribs and closed over the flesh where it had been, and the LORD God built the rib He had taken from the human into a woman and He brought her to the human.

[footnote] built. Though this may seem an odd term for the creation of woman, it complements the potter's term, "fashion," used for the creation of the first human, and is more appropriate because the LORD is now working with hard material, not soft clay. As Nahum Sarna has observed, the Hebrew for "rib," tselaˋ, is also used elsewhere to designate an architectual element.


Adam's tardemah

Notes from John Walton's lecture The Lost World of Adam and Eve:

  • Tardemah: deep sleep
    • a visionary state: unresponsive to the human realm, responsive to communication from the divine realm
    • compare Abraham's tardemah in Genesis 15:12-17 also Eliphaz, Daniel
    • LXX translates έκστασς [ekstasis]; Vulgate sopor (as early as Tertullian)
    • i.e. Adam in a vision sees himself cut in two, and she is the other half
  • As "dust", it's a matter of identity, not formation.
    • v.24 This is why they have such "one flesh" identity!


A paragraph from John Walton's "Hebrew Corner" page about this word and the related verb is quoted in this wiki at Tardemah - תרדמה.



The act of naming

To give a name to a person, concept, etc. has practical and symbolic effect. It is an aspect of language, and thus exclusively (or almost exclusively) something done by God himself or by his creatures created in his image.